Conservation Charities - Africa

In Africa

The conservation organisations below are by no means exclusive - we'll be adding to them!

African Wildlife Foundation  

AWF focuses on wildlife protection, land and habitat protection, economic development and community empowerment.

Ol Pejata Conservancy
Innovative, tangible, sustainable conservation for wildlife and people.


Tusk is working to a future in which people and wildlife can thrive across Africa.  The charity believes locals and organisations are best placed to address the threat of poaching, habitat loss and human-wildlife but that they are under-resourced and lack profile.  So they are partnering with leading and emerging conservationists across Africa, and they are securing donor funding to invest in the best grassroots conservation initiatives.

African Rainforest

African Rainforest aims to raise funds for grassroots conservation projects and generate awareness of the importance of African forests.  It works in over 200 villages in 7 mountain ranges, and they are protecting and restoring some 3,000 km2 of the world’s most unique mountain rainforests by improving the lives of locals.

African Wildlife Foundation

AWF aims to ensure wildlife and wild lands thrive in today’s Africa.

WCS Tanzania

It works "to protect Tanzania’s unique biodiversity and rich natural heritage through science, landscape level interventions, community support, species conservation and addressing key global challenges."  

Pams Foundation

Based in California, the Foundation's mission is to empower the people who protect wildlife and wild places.  It supports programmes working for human-wildlife co-existence, ranger support, conservation education and biological exploration. 

African Parks

African Parks takes on responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities.  It manages 15 national parks and protected areas in nine countries covering 10.5 million hectares: Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Zambia.

African Conservation Centre

Its mission is to conserve biodiversity in East Africa and beyond through the collaborative application of scientific and indigenous knowledge, improved livelihoods and good governance through development of local institutions

Living with Lions
A conservation research group of 7scientists and 34 Maasai warriors, all working in nonprotected areas of Kenya to save the remaining wild lions and other predators outside National Parks.

Desert Lion Conservation
Desert Lion Conservation, or the “Desert Lion Project”, as it is often referred to, is a small non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of desert - adapted lions in the Northern Namib.

Safina Lion Conservation Fund
The Fund's aims are to promote for the benefit of the public the conservation and protection of lions and to advance the education of the public in lion and wildlife conservation by such means as the trustees decide including through the support and publishing of research.

The organisation works to protect and conserve lions.  It is a UK charity working globally to save lions and end the decline of wild lion populations. 

Lion Landscapes
A UK registered Charity that works with local communities and conservation partners to create landscapes where both large carnivores and local people can thrive.

Save the Rhino
Works to halt the key threats of poaching and habitat loss to save the rhino.

Elephants for Africa
This organisation does research to understand the ecological and social requirements of male African elephants and then put these into the context of human-wildlife conflict.   It works in Botswana with local and international researchers to deliver scientific data to local decision makers.  And it runs education programmes which focus on developing our conservation leaders of the future and empowering local communities.

Giraffe Conservation Foundation
The Foundation concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild throughout Africa.

African Bat Conservation

ABC does applied research, conservation and education to bring bats to the conservation agenda and conserve bat populations in Africa.  Based in Malawi, it works with various UK universities, and The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Malawi and Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.

Conserve Africa

It aims to promote and implement sustainable development practices, policies and strategies through knowledge management and dissemination, training, education, research, advocacy and campaigning. 

Cheetah Conservation Fund
Founded in Namibia in 1990, the Fund (CCF) is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild

Gorilla Fund
In 1967, Dr. Dian Fossey founded the Karisoke™ Research Center in Rwanda’s Virunga mountains to protect and study the endangered mountain gorillas. Her work continues through the centre and conservation efforts for other wildlife and programs for people who live near the gorillas.

The Jane Goodall Institute

The Institute promotes the understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat, and inspires individual action by people to help animals, others and protect the world we all share.

African Wildlife Conservation Fund

The Fund’s mission is to maintain healthy and viable populations of African wild dogs and other large carnivores in Zimbabwe, together with the habitats and prey species on which they depend.

African Aquatic Conservation

The Fund is dedicated to the preservation of African manatees, turtles, cetaceans, and other aquatic wildlife and their habitats throughout the African continent. It works closely with local people, scientists, governments and other stakeholders. 

African Penguin Conservation
This organisation aims to establish new breeding colonies of African penguins in South Africa.